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Mongolian Student Union to demonstrate over monthly stipend

By M.OYUNGEREL

University students in Ulaanbaatar will hold a peaceful demonstration on March 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Chinggis Square to demand the government and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science to give them the monthly stipend of 70,200 MNT. The students hope to tackle the issue of employment and public transportation through their protest.
The Mongolian Student Union said will collect applications from demonstrating students to register candidates for the Asia Summit Meeting (ASEM) preparation team.
“According to a survey, 72 percent of university students are able to and want to work part-time while studying. We have some representatives from the Student Union working at the ASEM preparation team, so we can employ some students as guides, translators, and to organize arts and culture events. We asked students who would like to work for ASEM to demonstrate with us at 2:00 p.m. on March 4 at Chinggis Square,” said a spokesperson for the Mongolian Student Union.
Currently, 217,000 students are studying in Mongolian universities. The Mongolian Student Union initiated the program “Employ 21,700 Students” and www.icv.mn, to help find jobs for students seeking part-time employment. The demonstrators’ applications will be filed at www.icv.mn.
The union also said that they’re organizing the demonstration to protect the rights of students, and to discuss the issue of monthly stipend, which they haven’t received since September 2015. The Ministry of Finance said the financing of the stipend is still undecided, and that it might be decided next month. The Minister of Finance said that he couldn’t give any definite information about the issue.

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